What is best state for RNs to work at? Where you all from?

  1. Hi guys:
    I am tired of living in desert of AZ, want to move. Not sure where to go. East or west coast?

    I am looking for a place RNs get paid ok, housing affordable, and schools are good for kids. Any good suggestions? Thanks John
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   AprilRNhere
    With cost of living adjustment...pay is best in TX, Wisconsin, and MN. Of course..it's up to you to decide what you want for weather etc...
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    MN is better than Wi for pay...QOL is the same. The weather isn't really that bad most of the year. (of course I grew up here so I may be delusional...)
  5. by   MikeyJ
    With decreasing housing costs and increasing wages, Southern Nevada is becoming a great place to work as a nurse. Nurses make pretty darn high wages here, but the patient:nurse ratios is out of control at some hospitals.

    But you won't be escaping the desert heat moving here.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    I've worked as a nurse in Las Vegas (too hot and too crowded), Indianapolis (good schools in the burbs and decent cost of living) and Peoria, IL (currently employed here - four seasons, good cost of living, schools in the country burbs are excellent).

    I've also lived in Delta Junction, Alaska - very cold, isolated, great outdoor activities and excellent schools.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    California ranks #1 in RN salaries before cost of living adjustments are made.

    Texas ranks #1 in RN salaries after the cost of living adjustments are made.

    Click on the link below...
    http://www.ga.unc.edu/NCCN/research/...nt%20Table.htm
  8. by   sabrn2006
    Quote from TheCommuter
    California ranks #1 in RN salaries before cost of living adjustments are made.

    Texas ranks #1 in RN salaries after the cost of living adjustments are made.

    Click on the link below...
    http://www.ga.unc.edu/NCCN/research/...nt%20Table.htm

    That is interesting to see. Thanks for posting the link.
  9. by   John123
    Thank you for your input.

    You guys proved again Texas is the best.
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
  11. by   HM2VikingRN
    Occupation: Registered Nurses (SOC code 291111)
    Period: May 2006
    Area name Hourly mean wage
    California 36.12
    Florida 27.26
    Minnesota 30.83
    New York 31.92
    Pennsylvania 27.42
    Texas 27.49
    Washington 31.20
    Wisconsin 27.59
    SOC code: Standard Occupational Classification code -- see http://www.bls.gov/soc/home.htm

    Data extracted on October 16, 2007

    Very interesting data. BLS has the most accurate salary data available.
    Last edit by HM2VikingRN on Oct 16, '07
  12. by   loricatus
    Quote from HM2Viking
    Occupation: Registered Nurses (SOC code 291111)
    Period: May 2006
    Area name Hourly mean wage
    California 36.12
    Florida 27.26
    Minnesota 30.83
    New York 31.92
    Pennsylvania 27.42
    Texas 27.49
    Washington 31.20
    Wisconsin 27.59
    SOC code: Standard Occupational Classification code -- see http://www.bls.gov/soc/home.htm

    Data extracted on October 16, 2007

    Very interesting data. BLS has the most accurate salary data available.
    I kinda hard to base things on mean wages. For instance, NY (a large state) will have southern tier hourly wages in the mid to upper 30's/hour
    and for the upstate region in the mid 20's per hour. I think there is a discrepancy in the reported Texas mean wage-it must only have included those with over 10 years experience &/or working per diem (or cost of employee supplied benefits were padding the reported figures).

    Curious to see if those in other states are finding the same flaws with reported mean wages and cost of living adjustments to income that I have seen in the 2 states mentioned. I think we could really get an accurate picture of things through responses commenting on the accuracy of your list.
  13. by   cmo421
    Just curious. If Texas is one of the best places to work,how come all the threads re poor nurse to pt ratio, black listing ,mandation,etc,,,,lots of union issues there also. I have no clue,just going from what I have read on here.
  14. by   tvccrn
    Just to let you know, I'm from Texas and live in Wisconsin.

    If you don't want the heat, stay out of Texas. Wisconsin has a great CoL and four seasons.

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